Kelsy Karter is a New Zealand born, LA-based rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter. Not too long ago, she released a coming-of-age music video for her “God Knows I’ve Tried” single.
Kelsy Karter – “God Knows I’ve Tried”
The Kelsy Karter-directed video finds a young actress (Liana) portraying a younger version of Kelsy. She stands on railroad tracks with her long-haired best friend (Johnny). She has on red lipstick, plays with a switchblade, and drinks milk from a bottle; while Johnny poses with a lit cigarette and chills.
The following scenes show an up-to-date version of Kelsy and Johnny inside a moving vehicle named Willow. Also, Karter’s band: Joey Larosa (drums), Michael Morgan (guitar), Iain Shipp (bass), and Mac Hanson (keys), play their instruments in front of a motel, while Karter performs in Willow’s backseat.
“I wasn’t a bad kid, but I was a mischievous one. I hung out with boys with long hair, spilled milk a lot, and loved jumping to the wrong side of the tracks every now and then. My dream was to join the circus and make music and love and experience absolute chaos all of the time. I embrace who I am and I want the kids to follow suit. ‘G.K.I.T’ music video is 3.37 minutes of time travel visiting ‘little Karter’ and then coming into my world. Now, me and my band makin’ rock ‘n’ roll, makin’ love, and spilling milk wherever we go.” – Kelsy Karter
Karter’s musical influences include Queen, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Also, her music is rebellious, nomadic in spirit, and shouts “classic rock” blended with contemporary elements.
Kelsy Karter and her band
“I want to be an artist that speaks to my generation. If you want a 50-year career then you have to be innovative and ahead of what’s next. The drum patterns and guitar tones on my record definitely veer toward those early Beatles/Stones vibes, but my stories and ideas will always move and grow with me in the modern world.”